President Cyril Ramaphosa has challenged Herman Mashaba to stop fearing the residents of Alexandra and come experience the conditions they live in. Ramaphosa had visited the township yesterday, following service delivery protests.
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with residents of Alexandra yesterday following service delivery protests.
The ANC head revealed that several ministers and the ANC provincial government have been instructed to urgently meet with leaders of the protests with the aim of finding resolution to the matter.
News24 reports that Ramaphosa commented that since DA mayor Herman Mashaba has 'repeatedly refused' to engage, he had personally come to witness the issues at hand.
The president explained that he had witnessed the 'indecent' conditions facing the community:
“There is sewage flowing all over the area, there are rats, there is uncollected garbage and the local government which falls under the mayor of Johannesburg has to account for this.”
He condemned Mashaba for not coming to the community and gave both the mayor and his government a week to fix sewage issues in the township.
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Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Ramaphosa had promised residents the government was in the process of building a 'million houses' in order to ease demand.
However, one of the organisers of the Total Shutdown protests had opted out of attending the president's address, telling City Press:
“We are tired of these empty promises. Right now the ANC has hijacked our protest and is making it a campaign strategy to win Johannesburg back from the DA.”
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